| Jan 16, 2014
| 4:20 PM
After an earlier effort by local lawmakers failed to fly, legislation designed to reduce helicopter noise and improve safety in the skies above Los Angeles County was finally approved by Congress on Thursday.
A day after the House of Representatives...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 5:22 PM
SACRAMENTO — About 222,000 Californians will be dropped from the state's unemployment insurance rolls Saturday in what is shaping up to be a rough start to 2014 for the nation's long-term jobless.
Congress went home for the holidays without...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 9:20 PM
WASHINGTON — Liz Cheney abruptly ended her campaign to oust a veteran Wyoming senator of her own party Monday, citing "serious health issues" in her family.
The decision by the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney ends a brief, long-...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 9:23 AM
The debate over whether Edward Snowden should receive leniency from the federal government -- revived by a New Year's Day editorial in The New York Times -- tracks the larger debate over Snowden encapsulated in the question: "Hero or traitor?" In other...
| Jan 8, 2014
In one of the many news reports about Liz Cheney's decision to end her bid for the U.S. Senate, Gov. Matt Mead was quoted as saying, "Name recognition and dynasties — that just doesn't fly in Wyoming."
He was trying to explain why the 47-year-...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 1:57 PM
The number of Americans declaring independence from the two big political parties keeps going up: Or does it?
The idea that more and more Americans see themselves as political independents has gained currency in recent years. Backers of potential...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 3:56 PM
WASHINGTON – Three senior House members announced Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014, offering both parties prime pickup opportunities in the midterm election.
The clearest opportunity for a party switch comes in Utah, where...
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 8:30 AM
The Smithsonian closed its doors Tuesday as parts of the federal government shut down after Congress failed to reach an agreement on spending, All Smithsonian museums, as well as the National Zoo in Washington, have closed until further notice. ...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday called on Congress to move past partisan bickering and fully fund the nation’s parks and wildlife refuges, invoking Teddy Roosevelt’s call to conservation as a "moral issue."
Delivering her first...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 8:19 PM
The fight between labor and Los Angeles County government intensified Friday, when a coalition of unions representing 90,000 workers banded together to fight county efforts to reduce retirement healthcare benefits for future employees.
Until now, the...